I found a picture of the most adorable purse on the internet. It's from a site Bloom & Blossom, and she called it a "Frilly Dilly Purse". She is from New South Wales, Australia, and I just know that she had the greatest accent ever! If you are into sewing or especially quilting, so visit Bloom.
Anyway, back to this purse thing - I've been making purses this year for Christmas presents for my teenage daughters, and also for my nieces and thought, "wow, how cool are those!".
I started out with my workhouse, go to Kwik Sew pattern #3312. If you haven't seen my other post about making purses, this pattern takes ONE PIECE!! Not that I didn't like the pattern Bloom has, just that I already have this one, and I know it. We are friends so to speak!
Then of course, I had to choose my fabric. I really loved the black & white look in Bloom's picture (I'm a picture kind of a girl) and so that's what I went with for daughter #1. That and the fact that she just got a really lovely black pea coat a couple of weeks ago.
|Black & White fabric|
And the plan was to attach one of each of the 5 ruffled strips to each side and then sew the purse together. It started out ok - with the first ruffle that is. Then when I went to add the second ruffle, I couldn't decide how close to go. This is the point when I should have gone back to the computer and looked at how Bloom had done her's. That of course would have been too easy!
And this is where I almost gave up. Where the purse almost won. The ruffles were making me crazy. Too close together, I decided, but too late. Also not enough strips. I chose 5, and probably should have had 7. This is also the point where I almost went and got daughter #1 to ask her if she liked it. I probably had about 3 hours invested here, and did I mention sometimes I have a.d.d.?? But I kept going, and a pot of coffee and another hour later, here it is....
I am totally in love. I almost hope she doesn't like it, that way it can be mine, all mine!! (insert evil laugh). No, only kidding, I hope she loves it. Now to take what I've learned and go start on daughter #2's John Deere frilly dilly purse. Stay tuned!!